VISION ACTION TEAM: Community members remain able to live locally and benefit from an increasingly diversified economy.
The team will create community solutions, programs and plans so that in 2030 and beyond, Chaffee County will have community members able to live locally and benefit from an increasingly diversified economy.
More than 1,200 Chaffee County citizens surveyed indicated that the thing they are most concerned about when considering the county’s future is housing affordability and the availability of jobs that are non-seasonal and represent career opportunities. Housing affordability is a critical issue. Since the recession ended in 2011, housing values have risen 65% while household income increased 13%. The economy is healthy with 3.4% job growth rate, compared to 2.2% statewide. However, there are opportunities to better support local entrepreneurs and business, attract young families, help retirees stay in the community as they age, and diversify new job opportunities to include industries in addition to tourism.